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1. A false, deceptive, or irregular form.
2. A mineral that has the crystalline form of another mineral rather than the form normally characteristic of its own composition.

pseu′do·mor′phic, pseu′do·mor′phous adj.
pseu′do·mor′phism n.
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Powell also falls into the trap of pseudomorphism, but she is unashamed of it (thus boldly galvanizing a debate that art historians such as Erwin Panofsky, Schapiro, and Yve-Alain Bois seemed to have laid to rest).
During his own efforts to understand the processes underlying pseudomorphism, Heaney examined thin samples of tiger's-eye under a microscope and realized that Wibel was wrong.
Curators invite the criticism of pseudomorphism when they place together things from radically diverse cultures that just happen to look similar; there's the charge of relinquishing the responsibility to articulate the historical and cultural specificity of the displayed objects; there's even the accusation that curators promote a transhistorical and universalizing humanism.